A Realism That Has Changed Our Lives in an Irreversible Way
It is April 14th, 2020 in the United States and you wake up to the headline, “US may have to endure social distancing until 2022 if no vaccine is quickly found, scientists predict.” (CNN’s L. Asmelash, M. Fox) It only took 4 short months for the coronavirus to transform into a terrifying new reality. A realism that has changed our lives in an irreversible way. Businesses have had to close their doors, families are isolated, parks have been roped off from public use, and doctors are struggling to protect themselves as they treat the sick. Entering the new year, we would have never predicted the world would be hit by a medical devastation like COVID-19. Most of us in the medical profession were unprepared and had to improvise as we navigated uncharted territory. We plan for and treat emergent cases every day, but the Coronavirus has needed more resources, manpower, and research than we could anticipate.
“US reports most deaths in a single day: At least 2,353 fatalities were reported in the United States on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. More than 608,000 cases have been recorded in the country, including nearly 26,000 deaths” (CNN’s J. Hollingsworth, Y. Seo, J. Kwon in Seoul). America quickly watched as we became the leader in documented cases in a matter of days. Our heart and prayers were with China, Italy and South Korea as their numbers grew. The healthcare industry all working tirelessly with bruised faces and limited protective equipment to treat a disease that has no answers. Everyday risking their lives and sending words of warning to the rest of the world to stay home and stay safe. Losing sleep, long shifts, inventiveness, and separation from family is a casualty of being a medical professional. It is not easy but everyday all over the world and locally we make it happen.
As a pain management doctor, as a clinic, we understand that in the light of COVID-19 the pain our patients experience does not just go away in a pandemic. If anything, our resources for treatment have been cut in half during the mandated self-quarantine. At the Center for Wellness and Pain Care, we are and will continue to do whatever we can to stand by our patients. I am thankful to have a team as hopeful and optimistic as we have. Each day we come into work unsure of what to expect but we place our energy in positivity. We are determined to spread that hope and faith during these tough times.
We encourage and stress the importance of social distancing and want to promote health and wellness. Our goal has always been to stand beside our patients in the fight against pain. When we opened our doors to treat and heal our patients in Henderson, Summerlin and Las Vegas, we may not have known what was to come, but we stand by our goal to be here as a constant force. “We May Encounter Many Defeats but We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou